06.23.16

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Supreme Court’s Decision In United States v. Texas

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On The Supreme Court’s Decision
In United States v. Texas

June 23, 2016

[Today, in a deadlocked 4-4 decision, the Supreme Court did not render a majority decision in a case challenging guidance from the Secretary of Homeland Security, which would temporarily defer the deportation of the parents of legal permanent residents and American citizens and make them eligible for work authorization, otherwise known as DAPA, and expand the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Following is the reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who steered the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill through the Judiciary Committee in 2013 and successfully managed the bill on the Senate Floor, where it was approved in a bipartisan vote of 68-32.]

“I am deeply disappointed and disheartened by the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision today. Yet I am resolute in my commitment to the immigrant families that have enriched our country since its founding. Like immigrants who came to this country before them, they help grow our economy and strengthen our communities. They are a part of America. To them I say: Do not lose hope. This is not over. We will keep fighting – together – to bring you the safety, stability and peace of mind that you and your families deserve.

“Today’s deadlocked Supreme Court and the uncertainty it causes for millions of families in this great nation is brought to you by Republican obstruction. Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to allow a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill to even receive a vote three years ago. If that bipartisan bill had received a vote, it would be law today and the President would not have been forced to protect these vulnerable families through executive action. If Senate Republicans were not engaged in unprecedented obstruction against Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, he would be serving on our highest court today and the court would be at full strength and capable of resolving important cases.

“This is a devastating day for millions of families in this country but also for our system of government under the Constitution. It shows how partisan obstruction is weakening our democracy.”

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